Tuesday, March 31, 2009

indigo art

Friend Jozef Bajus is in a group show at Indigo Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The show, which runs through April 26, features work by members of the Buffalo State College Design Department.


This may be a duplicate but I like the moth.

restless oaks

I bought this card on a trip to northeastern Pennsylvania. It's from a local restaurant named Restless Oaks. The restaurant was nothing special but the telephone box outside is definitely a disappearing artefact of 20th-century life.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

pennsylvania road

Nothing like tooling along a country road in Pennsylvania. But the reason I really love this postcard is of course the mailbox.

dutch stamps

A trio of stamps from the Netherlands.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

two more altered cards

This sweet, sweet altered card is from a Brazilian postcrosser. Hard to go wrong with such darling puppies.

A Dutch postcrosser sent this funny 'party animal'. She wrote that the message printed in Dutch reads, "I hope this card reaches you on time."

Thanks to both for taking the time!

snowy quebec

This pretty view of Quebec in the snow was sent by a Canadian postcrosser.

Friday, March 27, 2009

berry santa

A Finnish postcrosser sent this berry, berry Santa card. What a treat!

more mail

I altered this card I made from a photo I took on Election Day 2009 and will now send it abroad.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

tape, lace, and poe

Mrpotani made this Edward Gorey kind of card using a packing tape transfer and lace from SCRAP. What better stamp could she have used than this one celebrating Edgar Allen Poe?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

altered issa

Doses from Daily Issa (www.haikuguy.com/issa) figure in both of these cards, which I made as samples for the altered postcard workshop in Ocean City. I've now sent one card to a haiku-writing friend and the other to a postcrosser.

altered in ocean city

I did a roundrobin for a workshop on altered cards at Sewing by the Sea, the fab retreat put on by NeedleArts Adventures. This is the card that came back to me. I started it with the fish sticker.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

more wonderful stamps

No time to upload cards but luckily I've received a cache of wonderful stamps. The Japanese stamps at bottom were on a cute Hello, Kitty card issued by Japan Post. The lovely German stamps were on a card from Worms, the oldest city in Germany. The yummy Swedish stamps were on an Ikea postcard. Yes, all were wonderful but I saved the best for last: from Taiwan a super, super Chinese opera stamp. The basket stamp too is pretty cool.

another altered card

Here's an altered card for a friend. The message is a memo to myself.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

women at a festival in bhutan

Kyoto friend Kamano Sachiko sent this postcard of women watching a festival. She and her husband were recently in Bhutan.

moscow metro

A theatrical postcrosser in Moscow sent this map of that city's famed metro, with some cheerful sketches and greetings.

tim murphy

LynnBerkowitz sent this card, which shows a painting by Tim Murphy.

yes it is

My thanks to the Korean postcrosser who sent this card.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

altered greetings from ocean city

Sandy Sapienza sent this fab card from Ocean City. She added the stickers, which only make it better.

three drawings

A Spanish postcrosser sketched his double bass on the back of a card showing his favorite beach, in Torremolinos.

A Korean postcrosser described a trip she had made to Andong, famous for its carved masks, then showed what one looked like.

A friend in Kyoto sent a card about a recent trip she and her husband made to Bhutan, gently commenting on the severe arthritis she has been fighting much of her life.

Three of the postcards that came in yesterday's mail had little sketches on the reverse side. My thanks to one and all for making it a wonderful day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

an eames house christmas

Lynn Berkowitz sent this card from a visit to the Eames Case Study House #8 in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. Charles Eames took the photo of his wife Ray opening Christmas presents at the house, which was once home to the famous designing couple.

my budgy piyoshi

Love what this Japanese postcrosser did with the back of her postcard, including the sketch of her budgy Piyoshi and the cool stamps. Cool, too, how the bar code became part of the design.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

jazz in portugal

A jazz lover in Portugal sent this card from the annual Seixal Jazz Festival.


An Italian postcrosser sent a sweet postcard of La Scala but I enjoyed the back of the card just as much. I like how the postmark nestles in the spokes of the Campo Blenio sticker and trails off to the striking Olympics stamp.

Monday, March 16, 2009

just in time

A Japanese friend sent this Hallmark card. No mention of St. Patrick's day but the timing sure was right.

baa baa

I altered this postcard to send to some young friends abroad.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

two birds and a plane

More stamps from here and there.

living monumentally

I came home from a short trip to this card from an 18-year-old postcrosser in Singapore. She altered a card put out by the new National Museum there, which was inviting people to visit "for some inspiration on living monumentally." Thanks, Gwen, for sharing your ideas.

winter meets spring

I incorporated a stamp made by Mrpotani into this altered card which I shall be sending abroad today.

it's a postcard

A Chinese postcrosser sent this postcard put out in Beijing for the 22nd universal postal congress in 1999. The blank opposite side is for the message.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

rat stamps

A year late I am making a tiny altered book for the Year of the Rat. All of the images in it are rat stamps of one kind or another, including some from this fabulous sheet of stamps from Japan, showing different ways to write the character for rat.

dolores gray

Mrpotani sent this gallery card which features a diorama by Bay Area artist Dolores Gray. Dolores was part of a four-person exhibit at the gallery.

blossoms in alishan

This fairyland shot of cherry blossoms at Alishan, famous for its natural beauty, was sent by a young postcrosser in Taiwan.

two from malaysia

Two cards from Malaysia, both arriving on the same day. The top one shows the prime minister's office complex and the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya. The bottom one, from a postcrosser in Kelantan, shows a charming if outdated mode of transportation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

farflung stamps

This stamp from Lithuania features Steponas Darius and Stasys Gironas, Lithuanian emigrants to the US, and their plane, the Lituanica. In 1933 Darius and Gironas died during a gallant attempt at a non-stop flight from New York to Kaunas, Lithuania. Their plane went down just short of its destination.

These Japanese stamps show off autumn foliage in Akita prefecture.

a horse from finland

This postcard from a Finnish postcrosser reminds me that spring and the Kentucky Derby are not far away.